Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. Evangelista’s music has been called “essential current-and-future listening,” a “near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).
2/15/14 NEW GREX ALBUM RELEASED!!
New 10 track album by Karl's trio GREX - available on LP, CD, & digital download
The DEBUT album of Grex's trio configuration and the first release on BRUX Records - Cutting-edge Art Rock/Free Jazz
CD & Digital Releases + LP Preorder NOW AVAILABLE at grex.bandcamp.com
LP Available on April 12, 2014 at SWITCHBOARD MUSIC FESTIVAL (SF)
Monster Music is Grex's debut trio album and the group's first release in a dual digital/LP format. This incomparably creative, dynamic document is the first to capture the band's current brand of free jazz-inflected pop/rock.
Track Listing: Toy Time, Christmas Song, Romancing Stone, Mole Cricket, Love Song, Hurdles, Up Popped the Snake, Guinea (Don Cherry), Friday, Little Wicka Big Feet
SELECTED UPCOMING SHOWS:
February 22, 2014, 8pm MOE! STAIANO ENSEMBLE (Active Music Series, Duende, Oakland, CA)
February 23, 2014, 9pm ACHYUTAN ENSEMBLE (led by former Pharoah Sanders/Sonny Simmons/John Coltrane drummer) (Duende, Oakland, CA)
March 15, 2014, 7:30pm KARL EVANGELISTA @ BEST COAST COMPOSERS SERIES #5 (Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA), w/Grex/Ai-Ai + HOST FAMILY REUNION
March 22, 2014, 8pm GREX + SURPLUS 1980 (Winters Tavern, Pacifica, CA)
10/16/13 UPCOMING EVENTS
Important Bay Area show announcement:
10/23/13, Sing Out!: Song, Improvisation, and Unpredictability, Grex w/Fred Frith, Dominique Leone @ SF Knockout
10/25/13, Taglish at APAture '13 (SUB/Mission Gallery).
New Grex album Monster Music to be completed in November! Watch this space for further details.
8/7/15 GREX SUMMER EAST COAST TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED: SEE GREX WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
Grex (KE-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums) mounts its first ever tour of East Coast locales:
August 23 (Philadelphia, PA) @ Fire Museum Presents
August 24 (Silver Spring, MD) @ Sonic Circuits Festival
August 25 (New York, NY) @ ABC No Rio
August 26 (Arlington, VA) @ Galaxy Hut
August 28 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Goodbye Blue Monday
August 29 (Cambridge, MA) @ Outpost 186
August 30 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Panoply
August 31 (Hamden, CT) @ The Outer Space
September 1 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Launchpad
5/22/13 Upcoming: Song & Dance Trio (Evangelista/Jordan Glenn/Cory Wright) Returns, Grex East Coast Tour, New Grex Album
4/23/13 Taglish is now posted in the audio/video section!
TAGLISH: New Album from Karl Evangelista/Grex Taglish is a new work from Bay Area guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista and art rock outfit Grex--an album of original Filipino-American music that is staggering in scope and strangeness.
Inspired by Evangelista's family experiences, Taglish is an exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary music and 21st century immigrant culture. The project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into a sound that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around Evangelista's duo Grex and featuring trailblazing saxophonist/Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work.
Taglish is available for order HERE
(frontpage art by Katerina Evangelista)